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April 23, 2014
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Letters to the Editor

To the editor:

I enjoyed reading reporter Marilyn Odendahl’s recent article about the lawsuits challenging the ban on marriage equality in Indiana. I am very glad to see your newspaper give attention to the suits, because marriage equality is both of national and local importance.

However, I write to encourage you to discard the use of the term “homosexual.” Though the term is rather anodyne to the average person, the history of the term is troubling and offensive to many people familiar with its history. The American Psychological Association popularized the term when it defined “homosexuality” as a mental disorder. Understandably, many people find offensive the label that was historically used as a diagnosis of mental illness.

More recently, a New York Times article noted that the term is often used as a descriptor to conflate sexual orientation with deviance, effectively cultivating unfounded fear with phrases like “homosexual agenda,” and “homosexual lifestyle.”

Though no human can free herself of bias, it is the legal community’s responsibility to use language that is fair, especially as our position affords us significant power to use language to change lives. And though some will perceive my language as overly sensitive, I respectfully remind those critics that language evolves: it is no longer appropriate to use terms like “Negro,” either.

I urge Indiana Lawyer to use phrases like “LGBTQ,” and “gay and lesbian,” instead of the often hurtful and now dated term “homosexual.”

Kindly,

Lucy Frick
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Juris Doctor Anticipated 2015
 

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  1. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  2. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  3. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

  4. The sad thing is that no fish were thrown overboard The "greenhorn" who had never fished before those 5 days was interrogated for over 4 hours by 5 officers until his statement was illicited, "I don't want to go to prison....." The truth is that these fish were measured frozen off shore and thawed on shore. The FWC (state) officer did not know fish shrink, so the only reason that these fish could be bigger was a swap. There is no difference between a 19 1/2 fish or 19 3/4 fish, short fish is short fish, the ticket was written. In addition the FWC officer testified at trial, he does not measure fish in accordance with federal law. There was a document prepared by the FWC expert that said yes, fish shrink and if these had been measured correctly they averaged over 20 inches (offshore frozen). This was a smoke and mirror prosecution.

  5. I love this, Dave! Many congrats to you! We've come a long way from studying for the bar together! :)

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